The feel-good story of the Americans abroad season so far took a turn for the worse this week. Sunderland’s Lynden Gooch burst onto the scene in the Premier League to begin the 2015-16 season, but an injury will stall his unexpected run with the Black Cats.
Gooch was stretchered off the field on Monday during a U-23 match. Sunderland Manager David Moyes delivered the bad news in his pre-match press conference on Friday that the American would be out of action for around two to three months with ankle ligament damage.
The 20-year-old midfielder has earned nine Premier League appearances so far this season, earning massive praise from Moyes along the way. Jurgen Klinsmann revealed during an interview that Moyes raved about Gooch’s work ethic and how he made it nearly impossible not to pick him for his team.
Club success led to Gooch making his international debut in October against New Zealand and then being cap-tied to the U.S. during a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica a month later.
The long spell on the sidelines comes at a rough time with a USMNT regime change. Bruce Arena will have a tough decision to make in March if the youngster is back fit and playing.